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Monarch White Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

289 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 07-18-2002)
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3/5  rDev -15%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of oranges and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties; however it isn’t quite as thirst quenching as other witbiers because it has a slightly heavier body.

metter98, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy goldenstraw with a modest head; a few strands of lace are left

Smell: Cookie dough aromatics with cardamom and a bit of citrus peel

Taste: Fruit forward, with the cookie dough underneath; the cardamom and citrus peel build through the middle; the finish is crisp and fruity, as well

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A refreshing wit; not the top one on the market but not too shabby, either

brentk56, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant gold with a patchy cloudiness that looks like a fog bank just rolled in. There are a few larger chunks that were definitely unexpected in a wit and that have now made their way to the bottom of the glass. Although I did manage to create a slim two fingers of vanilla colored foam with a vigorous pour, head creation is underwhelming. Glass coverage is... not too bad.

The nose is easily better than average. It doesn't, however, have that 'zestiness' that I look for in beer of this style. Orange peel is obvious... coriander is less so.

Monarch White Beer contains all of the usual witbier flavors, without combining them in a way that will seriously challenge the best versions of the style. The lack of fruit and spice boldness allows the graininess of the... uh... grain to be too noticeable on the palate. Sweet and bitter are present in nearly equal measure and effectively cancel one another out.

The mouthfeel is butterfly light (not necessarily a negative in a wit), but approaches thin and watery on the back end. There's an adequate amount of carbonation that is so fine-bubbled that it makes the beer seem less than energetic and not at all creamy.

Monarch is a decent effort from Two Brothers because it has no major faults and because it's warm weather drinkable. By the same token, there's nothing here that would compel me to buy it again.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright hazy yellow with a nice two inch or so white head on top. Nice retention gave way to a good amount of lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. Smell was full of wheat and yeast, very light with little in the way of any floral quality to it. The taste was decent enough, light grain mixed in with a touch of yeast, a little bit of a banana or some kind of kick in the in, with a smooth, and well carbonated light body to it. Overall not too bad, I have had better and I have had worse.

mikesgroove, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

kylehay2004, May 23, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a cloudy pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The lacing is light but does have a some scattered lines around the glass. The smell has a light lemon aroma with some yeast mixed in there. The taste is a little light could have been a little stronger. The mouthfeel is very bubbly and kind of bitey. Overall this beer doesn't really jive that well to me. I feel like it missing something.

Knapp85, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I'm not sure why it's taken me this long to try this beer, but here we are. Let's have at it. It pours a clear golden straw populated by a civilization of particulates and topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, clove, cinnamon, and light black pepper. This smells more like a pumpkin spice ale than a wit... The taste brings in more of this spiciness, but without the cinnamon, with more black pepper, and with a sharpened orange flavor. It may not be much of a change, but it is indeed an improvement. The body is a sorta hefty-feeling light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an okay wit at best, one that just doesn't seem to get off the ground.

TMoney2591, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pastel pale yellow, with a finger of foam. Not cloudy, no sediment like a traditional Wit. Still, it has a bit of the champagne style carbonation, to a lesser degree than it's Belgian counterparts.

Smells of earthy coriander. Slightly wheaty.

Very easy drinking, as others have said, more like an American Wheat. Citrus and any sourness is nonexistent, but with a vague suggestion of orange flavor. Wheat, coriander, pale malt, and slight black pepper. Mild carbonation on the palate, not as lively as would be expected.

All said, this is a fine summer quaffer, very easy to put down several considering the low ABV. I'd still prefer Hoegaarden, but for a couple bucks cheaper, this is a fine local alternative.

emerge077, May 15, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazed golden hue with a bright white head, leaves fine even layers of speckled lacing. Aroma has citrus peels and mild spicing. Nice herbal lemon balm tone with light biscuit and sharp wheat accents. Flavor biscuit dry yeast tones with sweet sharp wheat notes, seems like a honery herbal ale, but there's no honey additions here. Sweet rolling malt action going on, sharp wheat mild spice a bit of chammomile like notes in the herbal spice additions. Balanced perfectly light barely noticeable herbal hops peak through. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied evenly carbonated smoothing drinking session ale. A nice white that I wouldn't mind a whole sixer of.

WVbeergeek, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me- poured chilled into an archer farms tumbler.

A - A dirty straw golden w/ visible rapidly rising carbonation to a thick froth of ivory capping. The cream makes rings on lace on the glass and the bead is ultra tight - I tarnish the appearance after the first sip as I pour in a bit of yeast from the bottom of the bottle

S - Slight spice in the nose w/ wheat providing the majority of the aroma in the wit, slightly nutty but grainy creaminess is noted w/ a slight pepper and mellow citrus accent, more or less a yeast ester, not really smelling of citrus peel to me. I like the nose but it could use a little something

M- The feel is creamy, and highly carbonated which makes for a smooth combo, but satiny from the wheat malt and vibrant w/ light chewiness and has a subtle tanginess of citrus w/ mild dry finishing w/ overall clean flavor, a mild yeast after effect is felt

T - The taste is great, mild yeast smooth with fresh wheat flavor and gentle belgian yeast phenolics creating a nice synergy of malt and spice w/ a light grainy quality and subtle citrusy note toward the finish w/ mild creamy wheat flavor

D -I think this beer just fit my mood which is unsual - I am not really a wheat/wit fan -this just on me over. I like the subtlety most since it doesn't try too hard, yet nails the flavors where it counts and the malt/yeast harmony is very pleasant -recommended!

Slatetank, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a crisp pale and wheat malt scent along with a nice, fruity orange peel and coriander aroma. It has a maltier aroma than some. The taste is good. It's smooth and refreshing with a wonderful fruity finish. The orange peel and coriander and done well without going overboard. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great tasting seasonal, although it's a bit heavier in body than it should be.

WesWes, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another score from The Friendly Greek, one of my local bottle shops!

From the bottle: "Our Anniversary Brew"; This classic Belgian-style White Beer is brewed with unmalted wheat, a touch of oats, and then traditionally spiced with coriander and orange peel for a crisp, refreshing taste and spicy aroma."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"

My aggro our initially created two fizzy fingers of bone-white head, but it quickly reduced to wisps. Nose had a definitive wheat odor, along with a peppery spiciness and a light mustiness. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 4 - 5), but it was apparently too hazy for the likes of Midas, Mammon and Croesus, since they never showed up. Mouthfeel was light, spritzy and quite effervescent. The taste was lemony, with a black pepper bite and the effervescence gave it a soda pop-like quality. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing on a hot, humid afternoon. I would not want it all the time, but on this occasion, it was just right.

woodychandler, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer,with freshness dating, pours dull looking lighter amber, minor off white head, and leaving equally minor bits of lace. Nose hints of light Belgian spice, and perhaps coriander. Middle of the road wit. Drinkable and enjoyable enough, with more typical wit notes of light spice/yeast, hints of light coriander, and some wheaty malt. Nothing going on here that would make me reach for this one all too often. Would work as a summery sessioner in a pinch.

Billolick, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is better than a B- beer. The mouthfeel is a little thick and the flavor doesn't have the subtle complexity of a great witbier, but the flavors, aroma, and appearance all fit well within the style guide lines. It poured with a tall white head that left lacing. The aroma was a perfume-y mix of sweet white bread pastry and coriander. The flavor brings out the wheat character and the oats add an interesting earthy cereal flavors. Like I said, it's a touch thick, but it tasted good and went well with my red curry for dinner.

tempest, May 18, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/26/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; a bit too much on the coriander, but it is not at an offensive level. Zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice witbier. Good robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, deep straw or yellow color. Big head, foamed almost out of control. Soft aromas of lemon, mowed lawn, and corriander come through in the nose.
Tastes of lemon, sweet apples and grain. They seem a bit watered down, though. I had this during the winter and would probably like it more in the summer. It quenches the thirst, but leaves me wanting something with some "stank" to it.

Mebuzzard, Jan 29, 2007
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2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Best before 7/28/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" white head over the light golden brew. Head is quickly just a memory, with swirly little bubbles, and average lacing. Aroma is wheat with a citrus twang, as expected. Taste is bland wheat with light tartness, but a mere shadow of what a wit should exhibit. Closes with a chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but this isn't anything I would search out again.

ppoitras, May 19, 2006
Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -15%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a slightly sweet malt with a touch if citrus and esters.

The taste featured a full upfront wheat profile with a touch of lemon zest. Nice residual doughiness.

The mouthfeel was full for the style and chewy.

Overall a serviceable wit, but nothing special.

plaid75, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clouded piss yellow appearance. Very slight white head. Lacing is sparse. Nose has wheat, Belgian malts, doughiness and spiciness. Taste is a little perfumey with the spices. A little minty. A little lime. Base malt is just not substantial enough. This lacks depth. That being said, there are no off flavors, just bland flavors. Mouthfeel is a little light on CO2. And the body is about medium. I wouldn't go out of my way to revisit this again.

Bighuge, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of tobelerone
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear, gold-bodied beer that’s much darker than usual for this style. Very small white head without a lot of retention; minimal lacing. The aroma has a very grainy wheat note and touches of the expected coriander and other spices.

Tastes good enough, fairly traditional, with wheat, yeast esters, coriander, and a bit of orangey citrus in the finish. Spices are well balanced and don’t overwhelm the other flavors. Something’s a little lacking here, though; the flavors don’t exactly pop and it’s fairly unexciting.

The body and carbonation are both pretty much average for the style; while the beer is crisp and the finish is very dry it somehow seems less quenching than it should and in comparison to the better examples of the style. I’d rank this as just slightly above average; there’s a lack of refinement and overall tastiness, as well as something just slightly off about the mouthfeel, which holds this beer back from being better. Not bad but fails to rise to the level of the many other excellent beers produced by this brewery.

Edit: just thought about my review for a minute and came back to knock down the appearance score a bit. It's a WHITE beer for chrissakes and it's supposed to be at least somewhat white and cloudy, instead it was clear and gold. It says WHITE right there on the label, so there has to be some kind of scoring penalty for that. Rant over.

tobelerone, Apr 30, 2012
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Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.